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Beat the weekend heat with these cool activities (July 12, 2018)

Martin Wanserski's 1981 sculpture, "First Born," is part of "Now You See Me... Reflections on Portraits and Abstractions from the Collection," at the Plains Art Museum. Special to The Forum1 / 4
Fresh produce is sold at the Red River Market in downtown Fargo. Forum file photo2 / 4
Jessie Veeder brings her western North Dakota mix of country and folk to Island Par on Saturday. Special to The Forum3 / 4
The Hotel Donaldson rooftop will be the site of a silent reading party on Sunday afternoon. Forum file photo4 / 4

Like it or not, we’re about at the middle of summer. If you feel the need to spend some more time in the great outdoors, there are some fun options for things to do.

1. Theatre B Block Party

Tonight

Theatre B is best known for the shows they bring to the stage, but tonight the troupe isn't just bringing the show off-stage, it's bringing the show outside. The organization is celebrating its first year in its new space, 215 10th St., N., Moorhead, with a block party. There will be lawn games and food trucks, even beer and karaoke. The party doubles as a fundraiser for the organization, with profits going to the development of new plays and the New Work Incubator program. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance online or $25 during the event. www.theatreb.org, (701) 729-8880.

2. Plains Art openings

Tonight

The Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave., N., Fargo, celebrates three shows in one grand opening event tonight. "Now You See Me . . . Reflections on Portraits and Abstractions from the Collection" showcases a small, focused sample of what the Plains owns. Moorhead artist Mike Marth has already discussed his show, "Not a Still Life," but the show deserves repeated visits. "Lakota Emergence" looks at the last 101 years of the region's indigenous people. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. with live music, hors d'oeuvres and more. Admission is free for members, partners and Native artists, $10 for non-members and $5 for students. plainsart.org, (701) 551-6100.

3. The Red River Market

Saturday

The wait is almost over for fans of the Red River Market, at the corner of Broadway Fourth Avenue, North. The downtown farmers market opens Saturday with about 70 vendors selling locally produced vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, flowers and more. Peruse the goods while listening to Eric Jacobson and The Jazz Committee, or run around with your kids on the new turf play space. MATBUS will provide free rides to and from the market to all riders with a printed pass, available on the Red River Market and MATBUS websites. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through October. https://www.redriver.market.

4. Jessie Veeder

Saturday

Looking to beat the heat on Saturday? Stay cool in the shade of Island Park and listen to western North Dakota singer/songwriter Jessie Veeder. The guitarist brings her mix of folk/country music and stories from a ranch perspective to the downtown park, then sign copies of her CD and book. Admission is pass-the-hat and music starts at 4 p.m.

5. Summer Silent Reading Party

Sunday

More often than not reading is a solitary activity, but the Fargo Public Library is making it a more communal pastime. The organization hosts a Summer Silent Reading Party on Sunday on the roof of the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway, N., Fargo. It's not a complicated party, just head on up to the rooftop where librarians will greet you with snacks and reading suggestions from a mobile collection, then sit back and get lost in a book. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. (701) 241-1492.

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